By Derek Smithson
Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan is “likely” to leave Anfield in the summer and is being eyed by three English clubs, according to a report.
The Independent claim that the midfielder has just 11 months remaining on his contract with the Reds and won’t sign a new deal until he is given assurances about a future first-team role.
Brannagan was expecting to be sent out on loan next season, but the Merseyside club are unwilling to allow that until he signs a new deal.
It is understood that the contract dispute has alerted clubs to his situation and they are eyeing a cut-price deal for his signature.
The report details that Premier League rivals Stoke, plus Championship duo Hull and Derby are “keeping tabs” on the 21-year-old.
The Independent states that Brannagan is now likely to leave Liverpool after being left out of their squad for the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Brannagan has made nine senior appearances for Liverpool’s first team and has been a prominent feature in their youth set-up.
The attacking midfielder enjoyed a loan spell at League One club Fleetwood Town last season and now could complete a permanent move away.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool look set to lose Brannagan on the cheap in the summer as their is no guarantee he can make a first-team impact going forward. The 21-year-old has been an important member of the youth set-up during the past few years, but has not yet shown enough promise to convince Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have the likes of senior options Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner in their squad, while youngster Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic are also emerging. Brannagan should pursue a move to the Championship where he could help his development with regular football.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Diermar Hamann has urged Jurgen Klopp to change his style of play.